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April 17, 2014

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New Books by Megan Frazer Blakemore, Charles De Lint, Margi Preus | Grades 5-8 Fiction Review

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A mystery set during the McCarthy era from the author of , a modern fairy tale by master storyteller Charles De Lint, and an historical tale rife with allusions to Norweigan folklore by Newbery Honor winner Margi Preus lead our selection of new middle grade reviews.

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The latest from authors Gail Jarrow, Peter Sis, and Patrick Dillon | Grade 5 & Up Nonfiction Reviews

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Peter Sis provides a colorful on beloved author Antoine de Saint Exupéry, while Gail Jarrow’s ‘Red Madness’ is a grippingly grotesque look at a long-gone illness.

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Pick of the Day: Caminar

Caminar

Unlike many novels in verse, which can read like conventional narratives with line breaks, Caminar contributes poetry that elevates the genre.

Pick of the Day: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

This inventive and engaging fantasy, based on the story of the Snow Queen, will be a welcome addition to middle grade collections.

Pick of the Day: The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

The author admirably touches upon profound issues related to identity and race and tenderly conveys intergenerational bonds.

Pick of the Day: The One Safe Place

The One Safe Place

An original dystopian story for middle-grade readers.

Book Review: Grades 5-8 Fiction

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Our March issue is chock-full of excellent middle grade offerings: Gary Blackwood’s tale of an orphan living in 1835 Philadelphia with nothing but his masterful ability to play chess; Nikki Loftin’s enchanting retelling of “The Nightingale”; and Emma Trevayne’s meticulously created steampunk world.

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Book/Multimedia Review Stars List

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A modern and magical retelling of The Snow Queen, a train adventure packed with nonstop action, and a delightful look at the life and inspirations of one of the most well-respected picture book artists round out a rich selection of titles in our March Stars.

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Book/Multimedia Review Stars List

Carle, Eric and Friends. What’s Your Favorite Animal? illus. by authors

What do six-foot tall (and rather rowdy) praying mantises, an aspiring nature photographer, and an artist with synesthesia have in common? They can all be found within our fabulous February Stars list.

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Book Review: Grades 5-8 Fiction

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Out of this world adventures, an art mystery, and the new Polly Horvath book are reviewed in the February Grade 5-8 Fiction section.

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Book Review: Grades 5 & Up Nonfiction

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An eye-opening book about transgender teens, two poignant and powerful memoirs, and a guide to K-Pop round out a diverse selection of titles in our February Grades 5 & Up reviews.

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Pick of the Day: A Snicker of Magic

A Snicker of Magic

A delightful and inspiring debut.

Pick of the Day: Just So Stories

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The first of two volumes, this book presents six of Kipling’s timeless tales, freshly interpreted through superb mixed-media paintings.

Book/Multimedia Starred Reviews

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From a comically cosmic space adventure to a rip-roaring tall tale to several in-depth looks at the lives of fascinating American figures, the January Stars offer opportunities for readers to engage in joyful escapism or intensive close reading.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Book Review: Grades 5-8 Fiction

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Several eagerly anticipated sequels can be found in January’s Grade 5-8 Fiction section including The Ghost of Tupelo Landing, Shelia Turnage’s companion to the Newbery honor-winning Three Times Lucky; The Shadowhand Covenant, book 2 in Farrey’s Vengekeep Prophecies series; Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done by Stephan Pastis; and James Ponti’s Blue Moon (Book 2 in the Dead City series.)

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Pick of the Day: The Spotted Dog Last Seen

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Going far beyond mystery book conventions, this is also a well-told story of growth and self-forgiveness.

Pick of the Day: Hunt for the Hydra

Hunt for the Hydra

FRY, Jason. Hunt for the Hydra. Bk. 1. 256p. (The Jupiter Pirates Series). glossary. HarperCollins/Harper. Jan. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062230201. ebook available.
Gr 4-6–Following the catastrophic Battle of 624, Hektor, the Jovian Union outlawed space piracy but offered letters of marque to any pirates who were willing to turn privateer. The Hashoone family accepted the offer and their starship has been harrying Earth merchant ships ever since. Tycho, 12, is at the helm as the Comet captures what seems to [...]

Pick of the Day: Rooftoppers

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RUNDELL, Katherine. Rooftoppers. illus. by Terry Fan. 277p. S & S. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781442490581; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442490604. LC 2012049469.
Gr 4-6–Sophie has been living with her loving guardian, Charles Maxim, for almost all of her 12 years, ever since she was rescued as a baby from a floating cello case after a shipwreck. Charles reads Shakespeare aloud to her, serves her roast potato chips on an open atlas (owing to her penchant for breaking plates), and allows her [...]

Pick of the Day: Constable & Toop

Constable & Toop

This story is sure to tickle the funny bone and satisfy the taste for some gruesome adventure while appealing to both girls and boys.

Book/Multimedia Review Stars | December 2013

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Trucks, dinosaurs, and a tiny mouse that goes to sea.

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